SPECIAL EVENTS IN APRIL
MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM: Continues on Tuesdays, April 4 & 11 at the Senior Center with a previous appointment. Free one-to-one assistance to moderate or low income persons in completing simple federal and state income tax returns. Sponsored by AARP with trained volunteers. Morning and afternoon appointments available. Call 704-216-7714 to schedule an appointment. At the time of appointment, persons should bring with them a copy of their 2015 completed returns, any statements of earnings or income received for 2016, their Social Security card, and a photo identification. Call for more information.
HANDMADE CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, April 4 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
JAM SESSIONS: Tuesdays, April 4 & 18 at 6:30 pm.Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is hosting bi-monthly Jam Sessions for individuals to play & sing Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, or any other songs the group can play together. Anyone interested in participating should bring their instruments (such as guitars, banjos, fiddles bases, dobros or bodhra'n ) and singing voices, and join for a casual get together. Any and all levels welcome. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 6:30pm.Free and open to any interested adult. For more information call the Front Desk as 704-216-7714.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, April 5 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
AARP MEETING: Thursday, April 6 at 1:00pm. The program for this meeting will be "Human Trafficking" by Mitzi Webber, Executive Director of Ladder of Hope. There will also be a short business meeting. All seniors 50+ welcome. Free. Refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information call 704-216-7714.
MOUTH MATTERS: Monday, April 10 at 11:00am. Did you know that your oral health is related to your overall health? Oral disease, not simply cavities, has been linked to diabetes, heart health and strokes. Come learn how to better manage your own oral health and that of those who you care for. We'll have lots of fun and you'll learn things you never knew you didn't know. Even if you don't have your own teeth anymore, you'll learn things you can do to improve your mouth and your overall health. Registration is requested by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
BUS TRIP TO OLD SALEM: Tuesday, April 11.Motor coach transportation will leave the Center at 9:00am for Winston-Salem, NC where we will walk the paths of the unique Moravian settlement of Old Salem and experience early American history. Lunch will be Dutch-treat in the village, with various restaurants to choose from. After lunch we will be visiting the Mast General Store. The Mast Store in Winston-Salem is in a building that was once the largest retailer in town. Today, they hope you will find an experience that hearkens back to the" best place to get it." We will return to the Center around 5:00pm.
The cost is $45 per person, which includes transportation and admission fees. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. You can pay by credit card, cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 5 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at 1:00pm for those who arrive early.
WALK ABOUTS OUTING: Thursday, April 13 at 11:00am. The Walk-About Club Members will meet at Hurley Park at 11:00am to walk followed by a social gathering and Dutch-treat lunch at D.J.'s Restaurant. All current and prospective members are welcome! For more information please call 704-216-7714.
HEALTH & FITNESS AND BRAIN FITNESS: Wednesday April 19 at 2:00pm. Juanita B Wade with the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina will talk about "Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease." Please call the Front Desk with any questions at 704-216-7714.
MATTER OF BALANCE: Begins Friday, April 21 at 1:00pm. Matter of Balance is an educational exercise class for adults who have had a fall or are worried about falling. Caregivers are encouraged and welcome to join. The class format is part lecture and exercise. Classes will meet Fridays from 1:00-3:00pm for eight consecutive weeks through June 9 at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Registration is required and space is limited. You are not required to be pre-enrolled with the Center. There is no fee for this class. Voluntary contributions are accepted.
BRAINS, BALANCE & AGILITY: BeginsMonday, April 24 at 2:30pm. The class will be held on Mondays for five consecutive weeks. Work on your balance and improve your coordination. Come and meet some new friends during this special offering. Please call 704-216-7714 or come by the Front Desk to register. There is no charge for the class, however, voluntary donations are accepted.
WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, April 26 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, April 26 at 2:00pm. "Valkyrie." Wounded in Africa during World War II, a disillusioned Nazi colonel returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. Starring Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, and Carice van Houten. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. Free and shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks (Motion picture license # 12137390).
CULTURAL CROSSROADS PROGRAM - HMONG CULTURE: Thursday, April 27 at 2:00pm. Join our Catawba Student Intern, Jimmy Vang, as he teaches us about the cultural heritage of the Hmong people. Refreshments will be provided. Free. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB OUTING TO MORROW MOUNTAIN STATE PARK: Friday, April 28. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 9:00am to carpool. Bring snacks and water for the trail. Also bring $4 to pay the car pool driver and money for a Dutch-treat lunch. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
COMPUTER CLASSES: Pre-register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Class participants may bring their own laptop, or use one provided by the Center. Please indicate your choice when registering. Participants must be registered with Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.
Beginning Computers: Friday, April 7 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Truly a class for the beginner. This class will provide an introduction on making the computer work for you along with the basics of word processing, internet use, and email.The fee is $10.
Photography Class: Friday, April 21 from 12:00 - 4:00pm. What are all those dials and buttons on your camera? Have you been scared to use your camera because you do not know what to do? Maybe you have taken pictures using automatic settings only? Well, for the true novice, photographer Diane Dillon Hooper is offering a real beginners' class in which you can learn the basics of all the bells and whistles your camera has to offer. Depending on time, we will work on photo editing also. The fee is $10.
SPRING WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASS: Begins Monday, May 1. For intermediate and advanced students. Mondays 9:30am - 12:30pm meeting thru June 13. Instructor will be Leslie Frontz. $36 registration fee to RCCC plus materials. Register in person at the Center beginning April 17.
MAY BUS TRIP TO WILLIAMSBURG, VA: Monday, May 1 - Wednesday, May 3. Motor coach transportation will leave the Center on Monday at 6:30am to travel to Williamsburg, VA for three days and two nights. We will travel throughout the morning, stopping for breakfast, lunch and rest breaks along the way. Various entertainments will be provided on the bus along the route. Our first stop after lunch will be to browse Jamestown Settlement. After checking in at the Best Western Plus, we will have a choice of restaurants for a Dutch-treat supper. After a good night's sleep and a hot breakfast at the hotel (included), we will leave for a full day at Colonial Williamsburg. There will be free shuttles available to take you to the various buildings at Colonial Williamsburg and to the Merchants Square, where there are many shops and eating places. Dinner will be at the Chickahominy House (included). Wednesday after a goodnight's sleep and eating another hot breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Yorktown Victory Center before traveling home. We will return to the Center around 8:30pm. Interested persons should be aware that there will be extensive walking involved with this trip.
The cost of the trip includes transportation, accommodations for two nights, two breakfasts, one dinner and admission to Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown. The cost is $373/person for single occupancy, and $294/person for double occupancy. You must arrange for your own roommate if requesting double occupancy.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. You can pay by credit card, cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 5 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early. In order to comply with reservations requirements, Thursday, April 20 at 8:00pm will be the deadline to purchase a ticket for this trip. There are a limited number of tickets for sale.
ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Mondays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, April 7 from 8:30am - 11:30am.
Chair Volleyball is held in the Fitness Annex every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm.
CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except April 14th
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, April 3 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, April 3 at noon
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Thursday, April 6 at 9:30am
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, April 6 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, April 6 at 1:00pm
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, April 10 at 2:00pm
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, April 13 at 9:00am
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, April 13 at 6:30pm
National Active & Retired Federal Employees - Monday, April 17 at 1:00pm
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, April 18 at noon
Sunny Days Quilters - Thursday, April 20 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, April 20 at 6:30pm
Men's Young at Heart Group - Wednesday, April 26 at 11:30am
Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, April 27 at 1:00pm
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
NOMINATIONS FOR "SERVICE TO SENIORS" AWARDS: The Rowan County Council on Aging is seeking nominations for individual volunteers of all ages, and community organizations, that have shown "exemplary service" to older adults in our community. Winners selected by the Council will be honored at a special banquet to be held in May. Nomination forms can be obtained at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, or on the Center's website at www.ruftyholmes.org The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 7.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER AND ALL LUNCH CLUB SITES WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 14 FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAY.